Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Stone's art pulled from eBay

A painting by notorious loyalist Michael Stone has been withdrawn from an internet auction site.

The oil painting, titled, Kneeling Nude on a Red Background, had appeared on eBay with an asking price of almost £10,000.

Four offers were made for the painting since it was put up for sale on November 29, but the "buy now" price of £9,995 had not been met before it was pulled 20 hours before the auction was due to close.

A spokesperson for eBay could not tell the Belfast Telegraph if the painting had sold or had simply been removed.

Stone is currently in custody charged with attempting to murder five people, including Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness in a one- man attack on the Assembly building at Stormont during a debate last month.

Images of the 51-year-old were flashed around the world as cameras captured him trapped in a revolving door while being held by security staff.

He was later charged with five attempted murders, possession of pipe bomb-style explosives, knives and a replica firearm.

Stone had previously been sentenced to almost 700 years in jail for six murders, three of which were committed during a lone gun and grenade attack on an IRA funeral in Belfast in 1988.

Stone learned to paint during his time in the Maze prison.

He was released on licence in 2000 as part of the Good Friday Agreement after serving 12 years in prison.

His early-release licence has since been suspended by Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain.

The eBay text describes the 37in x 29in painting as "an original signed masterpiece from Michael Stone's collection complete with a signed photoset dated 2006.

"His paintings are vivid and not so much political as topical, but masterpieces of history."

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